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A missed turn by the 55-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer resulted in a series of events that led to an accident that left one man dead. The accident occurred in South Lebanon Township on Pennsylvania's Route 419 around 8:30 p.m.

While traveling east, the driver of a tractor-trailer missed his turn. When he reached another intersection, he began to turn the vehicle around. According to the police report, he blocked both lanes of the road while doing so. It was at this time that a sedan being driven by a 68-year-old man from Annville came around a curve and collided with the big rig.

The sedan driver was declared dead at the accident scene. A female passenger was injured and taken to Hershey Medical Center. No injuries were reported for the tractor-trailer driver. Possible charges in the accident were pending based on the completion of the police investigation.

It is not uncommon for a commercial vehicle accident to cause death and injury. The size of big trucks and 18-wheelers often increases the trauma suffered by accident victims. For surviving family members who lost a loved one in an accident like this one, a wrongful death claim is sometimes warranted. Consulting an attorney might help a person in a similar situation to learn about the damages that they might be able to recover if negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company contributed to the accident. Medical expenses, funeral expenses and lost income are typical damages sought in wrongful death suits.

Source: WGAL, "UPDATE: Charges pending against tractor-trailer driver in fatal crash," Jan. 29, 2015

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